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My "New" Laptop

by Brandon, Wednesday, February 10, 2016, 00:36 (445 days ago)

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For $36 shipped, I got a laptop on eBay. It came with a Targus bag, and a bunch of documentation/manuals. It has a 486SX 33MHz processor, 4MB RAM, a 200MB hard drive, and a grey-scale 640x480 LCD. It came with MS-DOS and Windows 3.1 on the hard drive and even (as you can see in the photos) QBASIC. After my fire last fall I lost all my floppy disks and serial cables, so I don't have any way to get data onto of off of it yet. Stay tuned, I hope to get GUIs on there sometime soon.

My "New" Laptop

by RetroM, Wednesday, February 10, 2016, 15:17 (444 days ago) @ Brandon

Really nice old laptop. Perhaps you could try using a 2.5' IDE to USB adapter to transfer stuff directly to the HDD? Or perhaps replace the drive with a CF card. If all else fails, a simple 3-wire "null-modem" serial cable isn't too hard to make with the right parts.

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by Brandon, Wednesday, February 10, 2016, 17:25 (444 days ago) @ RetroM

I was thinking the same thing. Last night I ordered a 256MB CF and a CF to IDE adapter (as well as a CF to USB adapter so I can copy files from newer machines) that I'll replace the hard drive with. I also ordered a IDE to USB adapter in hopes of backing up all the data currently on the hard drive. The last thing I ordered was a lot of PCMCIA ethernet cards from eBay. I was able to find and download a packet driver for them, so once I get the machine working I should be able to transfer data without having to tear the whole thing apart again.

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by RetroM, Wednesday, February 10, 2016, 18:52 (444 days ago) @ Brandon

Sweet. I believe there's actually a WiFi PCMCIA card that supports DOS (I think it's the Cisco aironet 350) might be worth looking into if you ever wanted WiFi connectivity, not that there would be much point, but I think WiFi in DOS would be kind of cool :-P

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by Brandon, Thursday, February 11, 2016, 00:12 (444 days ago) @ RetroM

I'll have to watch eBay and see if I can get one cheap. The only issue I see is that it probably wouldn't support WPA2 so I couldn't use it on my main network, but I could probably setup my old router with an open network and just MAC filter.

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